How to Remove the Second Row Seats from a 2016 Honda Pilot

You can remove the second row seats from your 2016 Honda Pilot by taking the bolts out. Here's what to know.
Written by Samuel Todd
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
To remove the second-row seats from your 2016 Honda Pilot, remove the four bolts that fasten the seat to the floor and lift the seat out of the vehicle. Before you can take the bolts out, you’ll have to free them from a plastic trim.
Whether you’re hauling cargo to a campsite or packing for a cross-country move, having some extra breathing room in the backseat can be a lifesaver. Fortunately, the second row seats in the 2016 Honda Pilot can be removed—but it’ll take some work on your part!
We’ll show you how to safely remove your Pilot’s middle seats and give you a few killer tips for finding affordable Honda insurance.

Can you remove the second row seats from a 2016 Honda Pilot?

Yes, the second row seats in a 2016 Honda Pilot are removable. However, they aren’t designed to be removed frequently like the seats in a minivan, so you’ll need to exercise caution when you’re taking them out.
Here are a few safety tips to consider before you remove the second row seats:
  • Double-check your airbags. If you’ve removed the second row seats and have a passenger in the backseat, there’s a chance that the Pilot’s side airbags won’t work properly. Make sure that anybody in the backseat is using their seatbelt and consult the
    2016 Honda Pilot owner’s manual
    to ensure that the airbags will still be effective.
  • Consider adding a tarp to the floor. When you remove your Pilot’s second or third row seats, some metal brackets on the floor will be exposed. To prevent injuries (and make the cabin look a bit more appealing!), try adding a tarp, rug, or floor cover to the car.
  • Don’t lose the bolts! If you ever decide to reinstall the second row seats, you’ll need the same equipment to help them fit properly. Store any bolts and plastic covers that you’ve removed somewhere safe.
Now, you’re ready to conquer your Honda Pilot’s second row seats! Remember, if you only need a little extra space, you can always fold down your rear seats (more on that later). First, though, let’s dive into the second row seat removal process.
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How to remove the second row seats from a 2016 Honda Pilot

To get that extra space you’ve been craving, just follow these steps:
  1. Locate the bolts underneath the seat. There should be four bolts—two in the front and two in the back—covered by plastic trim.
  2. Pop the plastic trim off the bolts. If you’re struggling with your fingertips, try using a flathead screwdriver. Slide it under the trim, then pry the plastic off of the bolts. Don’t be afraid to use a lot of force—these covers are built to be resilient!
  3. Remove the bolts. Once you’ve taken the bolts out, keep them somewhere safe, in case you want to reinstall the seats.
  4. Lift the seats out of your Pilot. Remember to pull straight up, then carry the seats out of the car! This will help you to avoid any snags during the removal.
  5. Remove debris from the car and add a floor cover. If you aren’t aesthetically pleased with the way the floor looks, there are plenty of
    Honda floor covers
    for you to choose from.
And voila! With all that added room in your Pilot, you’re ready to tackle any camping trip, work project, or band performance—or just give your golden retriever a cozy home in the back.
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How do you put the back seats down in a 2016 Honda Pilot?

Need a little extra space but don’t want to get your hands dirty? Good news! Though the 2016 Honda Pilot isn’t designed for easy seat removal, folding the rear seats in a Honda Pilot down is super easy.
Here’s what you need to do:
  • Stow away the center seat belt.
  • Insert the latch plate into the side of the anchor buckle.
  • Retract the seat belt into the ceiling holder so it’s out of the way.
  • Move the head restraint down and put the armrest up.
  • Give the release lever a firm tug and fold the seats down.
For detailed instructions with pictures, here is a
short guide
from Honda’s owner manual. 
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Yes! Though the Pilot’s rear seats aren’t designed to be easily removable, you can take them out with a little work on your part.
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